Model Comprehensive Plan Language on Complete Streets

Model Comprehensive Plan Language on Complete Streets

All across America, there is a movement afoot to build Complete Streets that allow people to get around safely, even when they aren't inside a car. Conventional street design promotes traffic congestion, pollution, collision injuries, and discourages physical activity. Complete Streets, on the other hand, are designed and built so that people of all ages and abilities can travel easily and safely, while also getting the regular physical activity that is so critical to preventing obesity.

Good local planning requires that communities establish long-range comprehensive plans (also known as community plans, master plans, and general plans) for future physical development. NPLAN's Model Comprehensive Plan Language on Complete Streets provides a framework for a community to embrace Complete Streets principles as it evolves, and promote street design and land use policies that allow people to get around safely on foot, bicycle, or public transportation.

This Model suggests language for a comprehensive plan's transportation vision statement and policy package, as well as additional language to be used throughout other chapters to encourage the integration of Complete Streets policies in interagency planning for land use, schools, public facilities, parks and recreation, and community health. As with all NPLAN's model policies, this document is adaptable to each community's unique vision of promoting a healthy, safe, and active physical environment.

Also be sure to check out NPLAN's "What are Complete Streets?" fact sheet and Model Laws and Resolutions: Complete Streets.

California Model
You may also be interested in our California Complete Streets Policies.